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Dec 7, 2012 12:00pm EST
rights and freedoms that should be enjoyed by all people regardless of religion, ethnicity and gender. over the course of the past 20 months, the al-assad regime has unleashed a barrage of terror across the country with the plane of remaining in power. we are just hearing about in last couple of days, the last couple of hours more urgently about weapons of mass destruction and what that could mean. more than 40,000, we know that is a conservative number. more than 40,000 syrians have been killed, and countless have been injured. refugees have surged into neighboring turkey, jordan, lebanon and iraq taxing the limits of those countries capacities and creating a regional crisis. the escalation of violence has reached a point where the fighter jets have been used to kill civilians standing in bread line according to the human rights watch. it's hard to comprehend that happening in any country. but that is what has played out. this regime's shucking capacity for the widespread terror and grow as we see the reports of a chemical weapons have been prepared for use. meanwhile the internation
Dec 10, 2012 12:00pm EST
detention, torture and executions based primarily or entirely upon the religion of the accused. all religious minorities in iran are at risk, but even the recognized nonmuslim religious minorities that are protected, or so-called protected under their so-called constitution, jews armenian, they face increasing arrests and imprisonment according to the report. so too by the way are dissenting muslims, muslims not following the shia line, intimidated, harassed and detained. that's the record of iran, which has a terrible human rights record but in particular with the issues of religious liberty. saudi arabia, saudi arabia bans any non-muslim worship and even private religious activities are suppressed if they are discovered. so i think it's important to point that out as well. closer to home on the island of cuba, a place that of course is because of my heritage close and near to our heart, we keep a very close eye on what's happening there as well. here's what the report finds. serious religious freedom violations are in cube, vie -- include detention as well as interference in churc
Dec 7, 2012 9:00am EST
fundamental freedoms such as speech and religion. to provide insight on a path forward we need to discuss the three strands end of the symbol to distinguish panels and first we will hear from assistant secretary of state for ambassador earl gast and deputy secretary of defense amanda dory on our second panel we would hear from regional director for west africa the national democratic institute doc there chris fomunyoh and senior researcher in and african division of human rights watch, and researcher niikwao akuetteh and vice president of the lobbing network for peace and security and development for northern mali mr. ahamed mahmoud who will be testifying by webcast in order to provide a first-hand per spec does. i look forward to hearing the testimony of oliver witness on the panels and turned to senator isaacson for his opening statement. >> thank you chairman coons and this hearing on what is a very important and impressive issue in west africa with blair hugh and i traveled the year and half ago in the area if nigeria. there are a lot of fledgling democracies and we saw what h
Dec 5, 2012 12:00pm EST
of religion, expression, association and assembly and the rights to a fair trial and democratic elections anywhere in the world. that was the legislation that we reported in two of our committees. i might tell you it was overwhelming support that we should make it global. senator kyl talked about that, and others i'm sure will do also. when you look at h.r. 6156, you will see the exact language that we have in our magnitsky bill, with one exception -- anywhere in the world is changed to russia. i am disappointed by that. i join with senator kyl in that disappointment. i think it would have been much better if we incorporated the international standards, the global provisions. i think it's very important congress pass this bill. i strongly support it. i support the effort of getting this to the president as quickly as possible. but, madam president, it's a clear message here. this bill is our standard. we will be holding countries to this standard. we will look for other opportunities to attach these provisions to other trade bills. we will look for other opportunities to reinsti
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